Missed Any Facts?
It is with a little bit of sadness that I announce this final round of #TravelFacts. While I am sure more exist, by this point there are just too scattered and obscure for me to focus my time hunting for. The day I get an intern though…
If you know of any that I have missed, now is your last chance to share them below! If you have one that makes any of us here at the HoliDaze go WOW then I have a gift for you! 😉
- Of the eight countries which include the word “democratic” in their conventional long form name, three are dictatorships: North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), Laos (Lao People’s Democratic Republic) and the Democratic republic of the Congo.
- Like living in cities? Guadeloupe, Nauru, Monaco, Singapore, Gibraltar and Bermuda are only nations that are 100% urbanized.
- Looking for geniuses? Head straight to Iceland. There are more than 3 Nobel Prize Winners for every million Icelanders.
- Per capita, South Africa has the most assaults, rapes, and murders with firearms.
- Moldova has one of the smallest artillery forces in Europe, and the highest rate in the world of death by powered lawnmower.
- You’re 66 times more likely to be prosecuted for a crime in the USA than in France.
- More than 90% of people in Bhutan, Burundi and Burkina Faso are involved in agriculture.
- Dollar is the most common currency name, followed by franc, pound, dinar, peso, and rupee.
- Costa Rica leads the world in per capita exports of bananas, cassava, melons, and pineapples to the United States. Unsurprisingly, they’re also first in pesticide use. Tsk tsk tsk…
- Iceland has many, many more tractors per 1,000 hectares of cropland than any other nation – more than twice that of the next highest country, Slovenia.
- When translated, the Himalayas means the ‘abode of snow.’ They cover 75% of Nepal.
- Although the Himalayas is the highest mountain range in the world, it is also the youngest.
- Of the fifteen highest mountain peaks in the World, nine of them are contained within the Nepal Himalayas.
- In Scotland you are on the wrong side of the law if you are drunk and in possession of a cow. (That sounds like a challenge!)
- Windsor Castle in England is the oldest royal residence in the world that is still being used by the royal family.
- Venezuela is one of the happiest and most murderous places in the world. Contrary to the popular belief that Big Ben refers to the world famous clock, it is actually the name of the thirteen-ton bell. The tower itself is known as St. Stephen’s Tower.
- Australians have a whopping 380,000 sq miles of land per person — and yet 91% live in urban areas.
- People trust Swedes! Swedish companies are the world’s least-likely to be perceived as paying bribes.
- The top five countries of origin for refugees are all in Africa.
- In Germany and Italy, every second person owns a car.
- In New Mexico it’s forbidden for a female to appear unshaven in public (how far do they carry this law?). Also, its illegal to spit on the steps of the opera.
- North Korea spends more percent of its total GDP on their military than any country in the world.
- Bangkok has the longest city name in the world — at least when it’s formally written in Thai: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.
- Laos is pronounced Lao — the ‘s’ is silent. Also, it’s full official name is Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
- Bermuda is comprised of 181 islands that are coral covered and lava-based. There is only 155 miles of roadways on the islands. It is the oldest of all British colonies.
- Andorrans live the longest, four years longer than in neighboring France and Spain.
- In New York women may go topless in public — if it is not being used as a business.
- A three-minute local phone call in Ecuador costs 60 U.S. cents, 60 times as much as in Ukraine, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, or Uzbekistan.
- Per capita, there are more golf courses in Bermuda than in any other location in the world. There are seven 18-hole and two 9-hole golf courses situated in only 20.75 square miles.
- Looking to invade a country by sea? Try Canada! They have only 9k Navy personnel guarding longest national coastline in world.
- Hvar is Croatia’s sunniest island with an average of 2715 hours of sunshine a year, and whenever snow falls in Hvar an overnight stay in any of the island’s hotels is free of charge.
- Improperly swiping your Oyster card charges you the maximum fare. This makes Transport For London extra £18 Mil (€21.5M) a year!
- Almost 80% of international tourists come from European & North American countries. East Asia, Australia, & New Zealand make up 15%.
- Antigua is home to 365 beaches, enough to visit a different one for every day of the year.
- If someone you know died from falling out of a tree, you’re probably Brazilian.
- Yellowstone is the most extensive geothermal area on earth. It has over 10,000 thermal wonders, and more geysers than the rest of the world put together.
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